Resplendent with authentic 1980's music, fashion and vibe, "Miami Vice" follows two undercover detectives and their extended team through the mean streets of Miami.
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 Detective James Crockett (111 episodes, 1984-1990)
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 Detective Ricardo Tubbs (111 episodes, 1984-1990)
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 Detective Gina Calabrese / ... (111 episodes, 1984-1990)
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 Detective Trudy Joplin / ... (111 episodes, 1984-1990)
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 Detective Stan Switek (110 episodes, 1984-1990)
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 Lieutenant Martin Castillo (106 episodes, 1984-1990)
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 Det. Larry Zito (58 episodes, 1984-1988)
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Storyline

Stubble-faced detective Crockett lived in a sailboat guarded by his alligator Elvis. His partner Tubbs was a black New York cop looking for his brother's killer. Together they took on the Florida drug world. The show influenced men's fashions toward Italo-casual and interior decor toward the Miami look. Very trendy music and unusual guest performers. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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16 September 1984 (USA)  »

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$1,500,000 (estimated)
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| (111 episodes)

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(season 1)| (Seasons 2-5)| (5.1 surround) (DVD version)

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(Technicolor)

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

During pre-production, Don Johnson wanted Sonny Crockett to be "more of a cowboy", and suggested "a lot of denim, V-neck sweaters and cowboy boots". He was really unsure about how the heavy use of pastel and bright colors would fit the macho, no-nonsense persona of his character, but producer Michael Mann and costume designer Jodie Lynn Tillen managed to convince him. They saw Crockett more in the lines of a beach bum. Johnson relented and as a result became one of the biggest fashion symbols of the 1980s. See more »

Goofs

Ricardo Tubbs could certainly quit the NYPD and join the Miami-Dade police force. However, it would take him years to be assigned as a detective on that force as there would be dozens of officers with seniority over him. See more »

Quotes

Roberto 'Nico' Arroyo: To what do I owe this pleasure?
Det. Gina Navarro Calabrese: I wanted to see how you chill out after a rape.
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Crazy Credits

Three episodes of the series have these additional songs playing at the closing credits instead of the show's original theme song: "Calderone's Return": Tina Turner - "What's Love Got to Do With It?"; this song plays over footage of Crockett and Tubbs riding a speedboat, plus flashbacks of Tubbs and Angelina. "Phil the Shill": Phil Collins - "Life is a Rat Race" and "Freefall" (final episode): Terry Kath - "Tell Me"; this song plays over a montage of scenes from the show. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Drew Barrymore/Regina Spektor (2009) See more »

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In The Air Tonight
Phil Collins
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AKA The Don Johnson Show (just kidding)
27 October 2001 | by (England) – See all my reviews

I was about six when this show came over to Britain [in 1986-i think]. As soon as they showed the last series, they repeated the show all over again. So by the time I was 12 I had just about seen everything, but not in the right order.

Of course in the 80's us Brits lapped up stuff like this; Don Johnson, cool cars, laid back cops, (ours walked around with batons and very big hats), so naturally it was a MASSIVE success although no man ever dared to walk around in pastels and palm tree ensembles down our highstreet. The tragic thing about it was the fact by the fifth series it practically became about Sonny and Rico. Where did the action go and why wasn't there more about the exploits of the Bug Van? Add canned laughter and you've got The Don Johnson Show (with side show Phil). Oh dear. Where was Zito when you needed him?

I haven't seen it for a while and I hope that they repeat it over here on terrestrial TV. Sure it was (ground-breaking?!) stuff which set the trends but I haven't seen a Hawaiian Shirted man in a while, have you? No-waaaay. 10/10. For just being.


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